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Wessel Surname Meaning

Dutch and German: from a pet form of the personal name Werner . German: habitational name from Wessel in Saxony. Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Vesel and also an Americanized form of a homonymous Slovak surname which probably originates from German Wessel (see above) and of Czech and Slovak Veselý (see Vesely ). Compare Wessell and Vessel . Jewish (western Ashkenazic): variant of Wesel a habitational name from the town of Wesel in Westphalia Germany.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hessel, Ressel, Kessel, Wessels, Weisel, Wendel, Jessel, Nessel

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You can see how Wessel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wessel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wessel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 21 Wessel families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Wessel's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wessel families in 1911.
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What did your Wessel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Wessel. 100% of Wessel men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    100%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wessel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Wessel. For the veterans among your Wessel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wessel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Wessel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wessel in 1951 was 69, and 78 in 2004.

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